Latin History for Morons
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Latin History for Morons
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Latin History for Morons NYC Reviews and Tickets

81%
(419 Ratings)
Positive
89%
Mixed
8%
Negative
3%
Members say
Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Thought-provoking, Relevant

About the Show

After a run at the Public Theater, Emmy and Obie winner John Leguizamo brings his hit solo show about the buried history of Latinos in the Americas to Broadway.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (419)

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95 Reviews | 8 Followers
100
Hilarious, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you want to watch a funny play

Don't see it if if you do not like comedy

53 Reviews | 3 Followers
100
Absorbing, Clever, Funny, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You enjoy listening to a great, funny story teller about interesting aspects of his life. Also if you want to learn about another culture

Don't see it if You don’t like learning about other cultures in a play while being entertained

66 Reviews | 13 Followers
100
Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Intelligent, Epic

See it if you genuinely want to learn history that you were shamefully never taught in school, and in an entertaining manner to boot.

Don't see it if you are a bigot. Read more

77 Reviews | 19 Followers
100
Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious, Thought-provoking, Must see

See it if You want to laugh, from beginning to end

Don't see it if If you don’t believe in Latin history as told by Latin America

123 Reviews | 19 Followers
97
Smart, Funny, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You want an educational comedy of Latin History.

Don't see it if you do not wanna learn you about Latin history

192 Reviews | 21 Followers
96
Clever, Entertaining, Edgy, Intense, Must see

See it if You are sympathetic to the mistreatment of people of color throughout history. Brings home the inaccuracy of history we learned in school.

Don't see it if Your are a member of the oppressor race and sex and don't like to be reminded of it.

98 Reviews | 18 Followers
96
Entertaining, Funny

See it if Great comedy, for 18-50 year olds. If you like John as a comedian you will like the show.

Don't see it if No families, no older people, If you get offensive to your age, race and religion don’t see it

187 Reviews | 30 Followers
95
Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you want to have your mind blown about the genocide of the Latin people and the many contributions of Latin people in history.

Don't see it if you want to persist in believing the dominant White American version of history. Read more

Critic Reviews (35)

The New York Times
November 15th, 2017

“Like the best mimics, Leguizamo administers large but precisely calibrated doses of exaggeration to make his impersonations pop...At their best, his jokes get at something deep...If only the character at the center of this frenetic one-man show were as convincing...The physical comedy, often verging on dance, is priceless...But the family drama remains, rickety and unconvincing...’Latin History for Morons’ would be richer if he didn’t try so hard to make something so awful so funny.”
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Time Out New York
November 17th, 2017

“A history lecture delivered by the class clown, with the pleasures and limitations that entails…An energetic journey through Latin America’s past, with plenty of time set aside for jokes, full-throttle dancing, and a narratively convenient plot…The history he offers is often junky, but rigor is hardly his goal. At the risk of ‘compliment-sulting’ him in the style of his Latin mom: The show’s shortcomings are part of its message and, in a way, its appeal.”
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New York Magazine / Vulture
November 15th, 2017

“It’s a sobering education, but ‘Latin History’ is never a slog...Leguizamo keeps us laughing all the way through...A first-rate mimic...Leguizamo has a lot of value to share and an overflow of charm to share it with. He could have used a slightly more rigorous editor: certain devices start to feel overused...And the show’s emotional plot veers towards the predictable and sentimental. But such foibles feel minor relative to ‘Latin History’s’ abundance of humor and heart.”
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The Wall Street Journal
November 16th, 2017

"The audience was charmed by his impersonations and cheered his resentments...This is meant to be more than merely entertaining; we are supposed to shed moronic ignorance. Do we? It turns out that a little knowledge is a dangerous thing...It might be poor critical manners to so solemnly respond to a show that so many enjoy so much, but surely not even mock professors would want this show’s title to allude to them."
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Deadline
November 15th, 2017

“Leguizamo interweaves his own story with a hilarious retelling of the advances and destruction of the Aztec, Maya, and Inca civilizations, and the rise of modern Latin culture...There are visual aids, many jokes and a sober mission at work, all effectively pushed to the max...The conclusion of this rich entertainment isn’t what you expect - Leguizamo’s genius rests in part in his ability to continually surprise us – which makes it all the more satisfying.”
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New York Daily News
November 15th, 2017

“The show is fast-paced, funny, foul-mouthed, insightful and, on the down side, occasionally cringe-worthy...Amid the commentary Leguizamo slips in and out of Spanish, busts out dance moves and apes accents of friends, family, and famous figures. Leguizamo is a terrific mimic..Still, doing voices of a deaf relative and scientist Stephen Hawking...turned out to be buzzkill. But the same lines would work simply in his own voice — it’s an easy edit.”
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The Observer
November 16th, 2017

"Taccone does the only thing a self-respecting director should do. He gets out of the way...Most of the rant is frantic and funny...As dotty as his anecdotes, ad libs, history lessons, and other examples of higher learning are, it’s even more hysterical to watch him tell them....When it ends, you don’t know a thing about Latin History 101, but you do feel a little more like a moron."
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Entertainment Weekly
November 15th, 2017

“This production is a sobering expression of political urgency that reflects its star’s maturation as a Latino public figure...He demands involvement from the crowd — and brings enough empathy and passion to earn it...Boisterous and joyful but also laced with sorrow, with Leguizamo beautifully communicating feelings of invisibility, inherited trauma, and even grief...The way he fights to reclaim his identity in such a fraught era feels cathartic."
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